Positive Reference Letter



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How do you write a positive letter of recommendation? How long should a reference letter be? You can download our sample reference letter template here. It includes all the necessary information to provide a glowing recommendation. You can also customize the template to fit your needs.

A professional reference is a recommendation from a person who can vouch for your qualifications for a job. A professional reference for an experienced worker is typically a former employer, a colleague, a client, a vendor, a supervisor, or someone else who can recommend you for employment. 
Recent college graduates might also tap professors, coaches, and college personnel who were advisers for your activities. The key is picking references who have observed you acting in a productive capacity where you displayed your skills and credentials for employment.
These differ from personal or character references, which are much more personal references. The professional reference is speaking mainly to the applicant’s employability and work-related qualities, as opposed to their personal or character traits. Personal references may be helpful at times, but don’t be tempted to submit a personal reference as a substitute when the job listing or interviewer specifically requires a professional reference.

Reference Letter sample:

Dear {{Name}}, 

I am writing to recommend {{employee name}}. {{He/She/They}} worked with us at {{company name}} as a {{employee job title}} and {{reported to me/worked with me}} in my position as {{insert your job title}}.
As an employee, {{employee name}} was always {{insert quality}}. During {{his/her/their}} time in my team, {{he/she/they}} managed to {{insert example}}. I’ve always put a premium on {{insert quality}} among my team members and {{employee name}} never failed to deliver. An example was when {{insert example}}
{{employee name}} is a delight to work with and I wouldn’t hesitate to hire {{him/her/them}} again.
Should you have any further questions about {{him/her/them}}, feel free to reach me at {{phone number}}. Thanks, Yours sincerely,


What makes a positive letter of recommendation letter?

  • Write enthusiastically! Show off the character and personality of the person;
  • Provide descriptions of your contributions to the work/academic environment related to completed tasks on time or your strengths;
  • Always use action verbs to describe your accomplishments, skills, and strengths;
  • Make sure to use the active voice which indicates that you completed tasks and demonstrated desirable behaviors. Since the passive voice can indicate that events happened with or without your active involvement;
  • Explain how you performed the responsibilities required, and therefore it’s good to study some appealing  anecdotes;
  • If possible, a statement indicating people would re-hire you or collaborate with you on another project;
  • Structured and written to highlight the person's strengths;
  • Immediately clear about the purpose and position the person is seeking;
  • Brief, preferably one or pages in length;
  • Clean, error-free, and easy to read;
  • Using common business letter format;
  • No copying of exact words/phrases from sample letters without checking the context;
  • Uses the correct name of the organization;
  • Contact information including his or her full name, appropriate title, address, phone number, and/or e-mail address;
  • Expands upon their resume; do not repeat it verbatim in your reference letter as well.

Using our reference letter template guarantees you will save time, cost, and effort! Keep in mind that this example reference letter is only a basic and simple letter template. You should spend some effort in tweaking the letter and add some of your own creativity and personality to it. In fact, we encourage you to do so!

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